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“DC Universe: Rebirth” - Series from DC Comics
AQUAMAN 28 “Underworld-Usurper”
Arthur escapes from Kadaver, with some help from the voiceless Dolphin. Krush plans to tell the new king that Aquaman isn’t dead, after all. Mera has recruited Garth (former Aqualad) to help her beat the ancient Atlantean magic, but they are caught in the act by royal guards. The penalty is death.
BATMAN 31 “The War of Jokes and Riddles Part 5”
Batman is (reluctantly) leading the allies of Riddler into the Tower Building where Joker has plenty of lethal traps. Catwoman reconnoiters, discovering there are no bombs attached to the windows. They glide in on Kite Man’s brilliant creations. After a brief fight, the kites pull the allies out of the building, leaving Riddler, Joker and Batman. His tale is almost finished.
DARK NIGHTS--BATMAN The RED DEATH 1
The Dark Multiverse is made of the nightmares of uncounted worlds. In one of them, Batman, the Dark Knight, wants Flash to give up the Speed Zone, to HIM. He plans on beating the Rogues, then using it to keep ahead of the supervillains in Gotham, to save his family, to save the world. He becomes Batman, the Red Death. But it isn’t enough. Then, a mysterious creature takes him to Earth-0, the original. He attacks Iris and Wally, then Barry. This Batman is one of seven evil knights invading Earth-0 in The METAL saga.
GREEN ARROW 31 Hard-Traveling Hero Part 6”
Oliver is on the dark side of the moon, fighting against the 9th Circle. Back on Earth, Red Arrow/Emi and Black Canary/Dinah are about to pummel the Auctioneer. Ollie explodes a bomb that destroys his foe and sends the spacecraft in flames toward Earth. Hal awakens, his ring expended. SM, WW & F are impressed with GA’s courage and determination, & offer him a seat in the JL. He’s not a team kinda guy but can be their rogue agent. They agree. BM warns him that something dark is coming to Earth, and asks GA to protect his family in Gotham. He agrees.
GREEN LANTERNS 31 “Out of Time-Homecoming “
At the edge of the universe, the Memorial to the original seven GLs is still guarded by the practically immortal Tyran’r, one of those seven. Volthoom,captured by the Guardians, used his travel lantern to send Simon and Jessica back to their present. Now they visit the Memorial and Tyran’r turns his ring over to Simon. Now he is powered again, and they re-energize Tryan’r so he and Rami can search for the other 5 original rings. Simon & Jessica can go home for now!
HARLEY QUINN 28 “Vote Harley Part 1”
HQ decides to run for mayor in order to defeat the corrupt man now holding the office. First, she enlists Ivy and Harlem to help her bust the biggest car theft ring in NYC, with the full cooperation of the NYPD. Madison bargains for her life with a phone number for the mayor to call in help: Dr. Crane, the Scarecrow!
JUSTICE LEAGUE 29 “Legacy”
Aquaman of the Future bursts into Lois & Clark’s house with Green & Red K to assault SM. Arthur knocks out Lois when she tries to attack him. BM arrives later to help her. Meanwhile, WW is under assault by the JL grown children, led by her son Hunter. Simon Is holding back the darkness until Hunter boom-tubes his mom to their location. Mera and her daughter are talking about Arthur when he appears. He aligned himself with Sovereign, the so-called Queen of the Earth, and she’s planning to burn the surface world.
NIGHTWING 29 “Gotham Resistance Part 2”
Teams are merging to find BM and fight the terrible ice in Gotham. Harley, the Suicide Squad, Teen Titans, Green Arrow, the Titans, and others are working together. The Court of Owls statue has reappeared, Dick’s forehead wound from the Black Blade is oozing again, and he explains to Damian what is going on. Damian is determined to find their father; Dick explains to GA that the metal is what they encountered earlier. Barbatoes, the demon, uses it somehow. Dick is “trying to keep the light on” for Batman until he returns, but they are facing a grim and horrifying dark version of themselves. They must stay united.
SUPER SONS 8 “Planet of the Capes Part 3”
The boys meet two armed heroines fighting YGarrdis, the conqueror of their world, Eoroe. Ygarrdis is a living planet that sucks all the energy and life from a world. The two heroines were saved by Kraklow, who they consider a great magician. Damian in incredulous: he and Jon thought Kraklow was just a wannabe from Earth, and they were pursuing him into they fell into this world. They theorize that this is an alternate-world situation, and that the weird clay is what Ygarrdis is seeking. He uses it to make an army that he sends against R & SB!
SUPERMAN 31 “Breaking Point Part 1”
Superman saves a STAR Lab tech who discovered a barrier that separates two incompatible worlds, which STAR hopes to weaponize. Meanwhile, Lois and Jimmy travel to meet a Mexican warlord only to find him and his men slaughtered, the apparent work of Deathstroke! Lois travels to interview him, which she does after he dispatches a bunch of armed thugs. Later he travels to Metropolis, and pulls a gun on her! (Is it a trap to get Superman?)
“DC Universe: Rebirth” series from DC Comics
ACTION 988 “The Oz Effect Part 2”
Mr. Oz now claims to be Jor-El, Superman’s natural father who died when Krypton exploded. He makes an impressive explanation, including his access to the Fortress of Solitude crystal computer files. Something retrieved him as his beloved wife Lara perished in the flames, and dumped him in the middle of a civil war in Africa. His face scarred and left eye destroyed, Oz proclaims that Earth is worse than Krypton. He’s come to take Kal and his family away to a better planet!
BATGIRL 15 “Summer of Lies Part 2”
BG & NW are working together again, which is nice. They met staking out peer teen parties to find evidence of a drug ring, when Barbara first came to Gotham. Now they face the Red Queen, who is controlling her victims into violent, almost psychotic behavior through massive infusion of nanobots. The grown NW & BG fight their old feelings for each other, and she remembers the name of the latest victim!
BATMAN THE MURDER MACHINE 1 “Heavy Metal”
Victor/Cyborg is in the JL satellite HQ, and his father is coordinating data with him from STAR Labs. When a nightmare Batman on Earth-44 teleports into the JL HQ, he doesn’t bring help. He brings an attack on Victor, aided by an AI of Alfred, who was murdered by Bane. The Alfred-AI in turn killed every one of Bruce’s foes, and then took over Batman. Now he plans to kill Cyborg.
DETECTIVE 965 “A Lonely Place of Living Part 1”
Tim Drake/Red Robin is being held in some sort of mysterious prison cell and being interrogated by Mr. Oz, who reveals his identity. He claims to be Jor-El, the father of Superman! He tells Tim that his prison cell is an illusion, and Tim uses his suit’s power to send an SOS to Batman. When a Batman who is bearing a huge handgun shows up, he’s shocked to see that it his future self. Then Doomsday appears!
THE FLASH 31 “Bloodwork Finale”
Ramsey Russo was a hemophiliac lab tech who stole blood samples from the CSI, but when affected by Flash’s negative speed force became Bloodwork! Barry opens up to Ramsey and his powers act like a defibrillator and cancel Bloodwork’s ability to send blood vessels on the attack. Barry is banished to a crime scene gig, along with his colleague Kristen. Barry tries to give his Flash ring to the new Wally/Kid Flash until he learns to control the negative infection Thawne gave him. Kid Flash forgives him and offers to re-train Barry!
HAL JORDAN & THE GLC 29 “Fall of the gods-conclusion”
While Kyle keeps Orion alive with a construct of an artificial heart, Hal keeps Highfather alive by staying ahead of his would-be assassin. Yuga Khan is the guy who sent the metal golem after them. John Stewart leads the GLC into battle and they destroy the giant metal creatures. The threat is over.
JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA 15 “Panic in the Microverse Part 4”
Dr. Ray Palmer, the original Atom, discovered a microverse, and found that it was in trouble. He decided to descend into it in order to help, leaving his young protégé as the new “Atom” on Earth. In the microverse, Ray connected with Dr. Aut and a woman named Preon to make a team, traveling to find the cause that was unraveling the microverse. They found the ignition point, separated from Preon along the way. But it wasn’t an accident—the damage was purposeful!
NIGHTWING THE NEW ORDER –2 of 6
This limited series takes place a few decades into the future. When supernatural abilities began to profligate, Dick Grayson found a way to neutralize almost all of them, including his wife Koriander. It made him a hero, but now his son Jake is exhibiting super-abilities. He can’t cancel them out; and he can only hide them so long before his detection squads uncover the deception. Then one night the mechanized bullies show up to tranquilize Jake and Dick, and they shoot Alfred because he dares to stand up against them.
SUICIDE SQUAD 26 “Gotham Resistance Part 3 “
Nightwing, Robin and Green Arrow are teamed with the Suicide Squad as they try to figure out what happened in Gotham. HQ is driving an old school bus when they realize a canyon had opened up, and she tries to jump it. The bus and its riders are caught by a pair of giant carnivorous plants—Poison Ivy’s! But she’s been whacked out, too, and plans for all the humans to be eaten, starting with her pal HQ! Starfire has been turned, too. The weird robin tries to recruit Dick and Damian, but Killer Croc refuses to allow it. He doesn’t care for Batman but Gotham is HIS city, too. Dick has been getting visions that Batman, the real one, is being consumed by molten Nth Metal. He fears that Bruce is dead, but Damian insists it can’t be.
WONDER WOMAN 31 “Children of the gods part 2”
Hercules, son of Zeus, is hiding out as a lumberjack in the deep forest when a stunning woman appears. Grail, daughter of Darkseid, is coming to kill him and steal his life-force, proclaiming that he is one of the “old gods” and her father is one of the ”new gods”. His power rejuvenates her father a little, and he reminds his daughter that there are others to kill, like Diana. She, meanwhile, has inherited Hercules’ vast estate upon his death!